According to the “Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food,” in 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2014, the spending rose to nearly $200 billion. By 2020, the number is expected to be greater than $223 billion. Wow, that’s lot of cheeseburgers!
Given this reality, it behooves us to ponder the question: should we be feeding fast food to our families or are we living in a blissful ignorance? Do we want our children to be nourished by these faux food products? I can hear you saying, “Oh, once in a while is ok—everything in moderation.” Seriously, stop. Let’s hit the pause button and consider some facts:
1. One fast food hamburger comes from 100 different cows.
2. A large order of fast food french fries has over 700 calories.
3. Dangerous fast food ingredients that have been linked to various cancers and/or obesity include MSG, trans fat, sodium nitrite, BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Olestra, potassium bromate and food colorings Blue 1 and 2, Red 3, and Green 3.
4. Eating fast food can result in high levels of insulin.
No grumbling please. Hear me out. Fast foods are altered foods which are difficult for the body to metabolize properly even if eaten occasionally because they contain many harmful chemicals, sugars and fats that disrupt your biochemistry.
In turn, this causes a variety of imbalances that trigger inflammatory and hormonal problems. Even if you eat healthy most of the day, but have a “processed treat,” you’re actually creating an imbalance. In simple terms, we need large amounts of healthy foods to keep the body thriving. So spoil your children and yourself by loading up on those nutrient-rich superfoods.
Here’s to your health!